If you snagged a seared tuna slider from B29 Streatery at Treefort Music Fest, that might have been the last time Greg Lamm will hand you some street grub. The food truck chef has taken a position as the new executive chef at Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House and will leave B29 effective Sunday, April 1.
"I leave you in good hands, Chef Dustan Bristol of Brick 29 Bistro will be taking over all truck operations," Lamm wrote in an email.
Owned by outspoken local-foods advocate Dave Krick, Red Feather/Bittercreek are known for their focus on locally grown, sustainable foods. Lamm has also been vocal on the local-foods front but in a more contentious way. After a customer complained that B29 labeled its Gem Pack hot dog "local," Lamm penned a blog titled "The Trouble With Being Local." In the post he wrote:
"To reach our goals, we do have to make compromises. In some cases, it is purchasing a local product that isn't necessarily an artisan good. There are a number of companies in the Treasure Valley that are well-established, make a solid product and make a lot of it. We are proud to feature Dairygold [sic] cheese and Gem Pack meats. These are the companies that the little guys want to grow up to become."
Lamm said B29 Streatery will continue to sling street food and that the truck has a number of events booked through the summer.
Moving from local foods to local booze, a new event has been announced for Saturday, May 12, called Taste208. According to the event's Facebook page, the tasting will focus on the "spring release" of local beer, wine and spirits.
"We partner with the best and biggest names in craft production and locavore sensibilities, focusing on several craft brewers, wineries and distilleries to create an annual event to take place each spring."
Taste208 will be located at the Riverside Hotel and feature a grand tasting from 6-10 p.m. For $25, ticket holders will be able to sample hooch from up to 50 vendors, while snacking on local food truck fare and enjoying local live music. Tickets can be purchased at Bier:Thirty, Bueno Cheapo Vino and A New Vintage Wine Shop in Meridian, or online at brownpapertickets.com.
And in other booze news, Willi B's has packed up its liquor license and moved to 12505 W. Chinden Blvd. The restaurant is now open and features a full bar, 12 beers on tap and an expanded wine selection, in addition to Willi B's signature home-cooked fare. The much bigger space also includes a pool table and a patio